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Aviation Insider: A Tale of the Times

Aviation Insider: A Tale of the Times

We’ll lose the XC-99 and it won’t be alone   By Robert F. Dorr Big, historic airplanes could be the aeronautical definition of “conundrum” for museum people. No one wants to see a truly historic airplane, such as the XC-99 disintegrate into powdery oxide while in outside storage. However, the realities of space and financing determine […]
Classics: The Beerfire

Classics: The Beerfire

Keeping the cold beer flowing By Budd Davisson Does this picture really need explanation? It’s unknown whether the Axis routinely ferried beer to the front lines in drop tanks, but, reportedly, most of the Allied powers did. What’s more, it wasn’t unusual to top off a Mustang’s or Thunderbolt’s drops with beer, then have the […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1913 – Lincoln Beachey performs the first loop in the U.S. over North Island near San Diego, Calif. 1920 – Birth of Alfred William “Bill” Bedford, British World War II fighter pilot, instructor and Hawker Siddeley test pilot; he later pioneers the development of V/STOL aircraft. 1944 – Death of Roger Amedee Del’Haye, Canadian World […]
Chinese Fighter Disappoints in First Display

Chinese Fighter Disappoints in First Display

The big curiosity at this year’s Airshow China was the prototype Shenyang FC-31 fighter that was making its first public appearance. Previously billed as the J-31, the stealthy-looking aircraft first flew two years ago. It is a smaller complement to the Chengdu J-20, which was the first of the PRC’s new stealth aircraft. Although the aircraft has a configuration […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1919 – The American Railway Express Company hires a Handley Page V/1500 to carry 1,000 pounds of parcels from New York to Chicago, but the attempt fails due to mechanical problems. 1933 – Birth of Fred Wallace Haise, Jr., American U.S. Marine Corps test pilot and NASA astronaut; he becomes one of only 24 people […]
Six ‘Battle of Britain’ Aircraft Set for Restoration

Six ‘Battle of Britain’ Aircraft Set for Restoration

Six fighter planes that were part of a collection of warbirds sold to a dealer in August will be restored and sold by Boschung Global Ltd. of Switzerland, the company said Thursday. The fighters, a version of German Messerschmitts, operated in World War II and were last flown for the making of the 1969 film “Battle of Britain.” […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1892 – Birth of Giulio Lega, Italian World War I flying ace. 1935 – First flight of the Curtiss SOC Seagull, an American single-engined observation biplane; it is configurable as a seaplane (shown) or with landing gear. 1941 – Alma Heflin, the first American female test pilot for standard production aircraft, makes her first test […]
U.S. Stealth Drone Helped Test Huge Bomb

U.S. Stealth Drone Helped Test Huge Bomb

Two years ago, the U.S. Air Force brought the stealthy Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel drone and the Massive Ordnance Penetrator — two of America’s most secretive weapons — together for a single test. The Pentagon denies that it intends the huge MOP munition — which only the B-2 stealth bomber carries and which can punch […]

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On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1923 – Birth of Alfred “Bubi” Schreiber, German World War II flying ace; he later claims the first aerial victory by a jet fighter in aviation history. 1924 – Death of Georges Felix Madon, French World War I fighter ace, air racer and raid pilot. 1929 – Inter-Island Airways – the future Hawaiian Airlines – commences […]
Iraqi Pilots, F-16s to Train Stateside

Iraqi Pilots, F-16s to Train Stateside

Iraqi fighter pilots unable to train in their own country because of the Islamic State insurgency will soon be flying brand new Iraqi jets over the American Southwest, the Pentagon announced Monday. Starting next month, the United States will begin delivering eight of 36 Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcons that Iraq has on order to […]
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